Enterprise application software company SAP announced today the appointment of Supriya Jha as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Jha joins the company from capital markets technology and exchange company Nasdaq, where she served as the company’s Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Sabine Bendiek, chief people and operating officer, labor relations director, and member of the Executive Board, said:

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“I am very pleased that Supriya Jha will take on this critical role as the Global Diversity and Inclusion Office starts a new chapter. We are a global organization and our employees come from more than 150 countries. We need all of them to contribute to our company’s success, and we know our people are at their best when they can bring their authentic selves to work. Supriya’s role is critical to create inclusivity that reflects the diversity of our society.”

While at Nasdaq, Jha led the development of the diversity and inclusion function at the company, devising strategies and implementing action plans across the firm. She has also held senior diversity and inclusion-related roles at firms including Bank of America, and Mercer.

Jha, said:

“I am very much looking forward to the new task ahead of me and thank SAP for the trust placed in me. There is ample evidence that diverse and inclusive companies are more likely to make better, bolder decisions — a critical capability in a highly volatile world.”